Yoga Conference

Julie Gudmestad, a certified Iyengar Yoga teacher and a licensed physical therapist, integrates the healing powers of yoga with Western medical knowledge. She is director of the Gudmestad Yoga Studio in Portland, OR, and wrote Yoga Journal's Anatomy column for seven years. Learn more at

Body Mechanics for Teachers
Julie Gudmestad - Course ID: M2GUDM

Friday, September 19 — 10:30am - 12:30pm
Weekend Classes
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Protect yourself and your students from common injuries and strains. We'll discuss gravity's effects on the body and how certain positions put leverage and strenuous loads on the spine and other joints. Then we'll work on poses and teaching techniques so teachers can use proper body mechanics as they demonstrate and adjust students.

What to bring: A strap and blanket.
Discussion and asana with partner work.

The Mysterious Psoas
Julie Gudmestad - Course ID: M3GUDM

Friday, September 19 — 3:30pm - 5:30pm
Weekend Classes
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They are mentioned often in yoga classes, but where exactly are psoas and hip flexors? And why are they important in yoga poses? After a brief look at them anatomically, we'll practice poses that strengthen and stretch them.

What to bring: A mat, blanket, strap, and block.
Mostly asana with some lecture.

Restring Your Hamstrings
Julie Gudmestad - Course ID: M5GUDM

Saturday, September 20 — 10:30am - 12:30pm
Weekend Classes
Therapeutic / Mixed Levels

Tight hamstrings can impede your progress in a variety of yoga poses. We'll study some basic anatomy, including structure and function of the hamstrings. We'll then practice poses that improve hamstring flexibility, starting with easy ones and progressing to more challenging ones.

What to bring: A mat, strap, and block.
Lecture and asana practice.

Yoga Solutions for Muscle Imbalances and Shoulder Pain
Julie Gudmestad - Course ID: M6GUDM

Saturday, September 20 — 3:30pm - 5:30pm
Weekend Classes
Therapeutic / Mixed Levels

Muscle imbalances around the shoulder cause misalignments and poor movement patterns. When we bring these into yoga poses, they can cause or contribute to shoulder pain and serious injuries. We'll use some simple anatomy knowledge to remodel your shoulder movement patterns, thereby creating beautiful, strong, and injury-free poses.

Discussion and asana practice.